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YouTube to be monitored by British security

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by Dagreyon, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Dagreyon

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    Google has given British security officials special access to its YouTube video site, allowing them to have content instantly reviewed if they think that it threatens national security.
    The new ?super flagger? powers underline growing concern among governments that are scrambling to contain the proliferation of jihadi material prompted by the war in Syria, but they are likely to stir concern among civil liberties campaigners.
    Western spymasters now cite the radicalisation of their own citizens who go to fight against Bashar al-Assad?s regime as their leading terror concern.
    An estimated 2,000 fighters, including 400 from Britain, have gone from European countries to take part in the Syrian conflict.

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    The YouTube permissions that Google has given the Home Office in recent weeks include the power to flag swaths of content ?at scale? instead of only picking out individual videos.
    They are in part a response to a blitz from UK security authorities to persuade internet service providers, search engines and social media sites to censor more of their own content for extremist material even if it does not always break existing laws.

    Request removal
    UK prosecutors already have the power to request removal of illegal content.
    The UK?s security and immigration minister, James Brokenshire, said that the British government has to do more to deal with some material ?that may not be illegal, but certainly is unsavoury and may not be the sort of material that people would want to see or receive?.
    He said that among the issues being considered by the government was a ?code of conduct? for internet service providers and internet companies.
    ? (Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2014)


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  2. Asif WILSON Khan

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    I was wondering who was flagging all my CB videos ... bastards!
     
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  3. Dagreyon

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    They word it like it actually gets approved. People in this business know that it's possible to mass flag a fresh legit video down easily. So imagine the power of one of these accounts. IMO I bet they can take down any video they want, no review needed....
     
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    I somehow agree with them.

    Why? Because you can't believe the level of stupidity in some people and the only way to stop them from being not only dangerous to themselves, but to others as well, is to stop things being advertised to them.

    70 people from Albania alone went to this war and 8 of them are dead.
     
  5. beastien

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    Well, it all seems a little bit "big brother" to me, but i guess I understand the logic behind this. Also, I don't think there's much that can be done about it. If the content is indeed "dangerous" it should make sense that it should be taken that.
     
  6. stharthjw6j

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    What if they start flagging videos of people nothing to do with Jihadis, but exposers of UK court or government corruption (of which there is plenty)? The British are very trigger happy to enact laws like this for their own ends. This passes any definition of tyranny I can think of.
     
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  7. Duffers5000

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    The government wants access to your every thought and they will start by owning everything you do on the internet.

    They will disguise it as a clamp down on the war on terror and paedophilia because only a pervert or terrorist would object to that ?

    Once in they help themselves to whatever they can get their hands on.
     
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    The problem is who decides that this information is "dangerous". What is "dangerous" to a government employee may well just be in poor taste, or critical of the government in question. Hell Obama considers anyone who doesn't worship his every word as dangerous.

    You cannot regulate the Internet, it is not possible, because you cannot regulate people's thoughts.
     
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    In Reality YT is a multinational company. They serve almost every country in the world. If someone posts something that is against one government, that could potentially harm them, who is to say that's right for it to be removed? The person posting the video could have every right to post it and it could be something that makes sense for one country and could harm the other, but what if its the truth?

    Don't get me wrong, I understand this and I somewhat agree, but this can easily be used to hide the truth or reality of certain countries that have shots fired at them, rightfully so at times.
     
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    Government officials can be corrupt too. Like someone said above, it can be a disguise to censor something else that's legit.
     
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    the problem is that
    no one can absolutely define the criterion to flag a a video,to them flagging would not mean anything, but just a video that is removed. I hope it is reversed.
    First it is youtube
    then it will be facebook
    (i hope it is not)
     
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    COMING SOON to BHW: British Security Mass Super Flagging Service BST

    Them Brits are going to make a killing with this service!
     
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  13. Adlad

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    This is the part people should be pissed about. Typical nanny state BS. The government has no role in telling people what they want to see. It's either illegal or not. If it's not, then stay the hell out of it.
     
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    But then, they could MAKE the things they don't like illegal. Laws are passed with a stroke of a pen.
     
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    we should donate to collect funds for bribing british security officials.

    95% bhw will be happy to get matt's videos down.

    -=-
     
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  16. Adlad

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    Then make it illegal. Until then banning and blocking things they "think" people might not like is just ludicrous and the very definition of a nanny state out of control
     
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    I don't know which would be worse, blocking something legal they don't like, or making illegal something they don't like so they can block it.
     
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    Government = Govern (control) + Mental (mind) = to control your mind.

    Sounds like they are doing exactly what they are supposed to do with youtube..lol
     
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    So any video about war crimes will be deleted instantly?
     
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    As soon as we spot one of these accounts we should all mass flag their account. But on a serious note this is more about tracking than the actual video content.